News & Lessons For Miss Lorraine's Class

Issue September 8 – October 15, 2021
 

Dear Parents,

Welcome new parents, students and also returning Alcott families! We are looking forward to a great school year. The children have been acclimating to their new classroom and bonding with their classmates and teachers. The weather has been very pleasant and we continue to spend a good amount of time outside learning about nature and getting in our daily exercise. We have three playgrounds that we visit daily. The children have also started working on their self-portraits, these will be posted for parents to see on our website in the classroom corner. There you will have a variety of different photos showing your child engaging in many hands on lessons and enjoying their social interactions with classmates and staff. We encourage you to go on the website and look on with your child and talk about weekly events and lessons. We have been reading many books about Fall and season changes. In the coming months we will be working on fun projects including many of the themes of the month.  Fall is here so we will be exploring what changes we see in our environment and we will be collecting leaves and acorns to incorporate into our art and nature lessons.

A reminder that we will be having Back to School Night on Thursday, Oct 7th via zoom. You will receive an email in the coming week with more details. We are looking forward to seeing everyone and discussing the Montessori philosophy and what changes we have made in our classroom environment to better serve your children.

Another friendly reminder that school will be closed on Monday, October 11th for Columbus Day.

Thank you for sharing your children with us.

 

Kindly,

 Ms. Lorraine and Ms. Patti

Our theme is: Autumn

 

Art:

Leave rubbing (crayons, leaves) and Self Portraits using tempera paints

Collage making, apple printing and stamping

 

Cultural Arts/Geography:

Map of North America

Creating small maps with traceable paper and colored pencils

Hispanic Heritage month Sept 15 – October 15

Latin culture (cuisine, music and traditions)

 

Language:

The language materials are designed primarily to teach children the intricacies of written and spoken language. A firm grasp of writing and speaking will allow students to progress with their learning. Students use language materials to explore letters, sounds, handwriting, and eventually spelling and writing.

 

Metal insets are used to build dexterity needed to write letters

Sand paper letters A-H in conjunction with matching small objects

Metal insets used to get children ready to write letters

Movable alphabet are used to build on the themes of the sandpaper letters and sound boxes

Bob books are used for beginner readers.

 

Math:

Montessori math materials help children approach math with hands on, physical learning aids

Spindle boxes – counting numbers from 1-10

1-9 color and teen bead stair, counters 1-10,1 -100  counting board

 

Practical Life: 

Your child will be learning to independently follow a complex motor sequence, in order to fulfill

his or her own desires and needs. These skills allow children to develop self-discipline.

 

Fine motor exercises include:

Wet and dry pouring, tweezing, eye dropper lesson

Beading, pushing in a chair, buttoning, zippering, snapping, open and closing containers

 

Science:

Sink or float experiment, parts of a tree, parts of an apple and leaf sorting,

 

Sensorial:  

 

These materials will help your child develop their five senses. Use of these materials constitutes the next level of difficulty after those in the practical life area.

Pink tower, brown stairs, red rods, binomial cube, knobbed cylinders, knobless cylinders

 

 

Daily Schedule

 

9:00 am                    Arrival

9:20 - 9:50              Gross motor (back playground)

9:50- 10:00             Bathroom /Snack time

10:00 -11:00           1st Work cycle /Circle time

11:00 -11:30           2nd Gross motor time (Bike area )

11:30    - 12:00        Bathroom / wash hands

12:00 - 12:30          LUNCH

12:30 1:45              Bathroom/ Nap time

1:45 - 2:00              Snack

2:00- 2:50             2nd Work Cycle

3:00 - 3:30           3rd Gross motor (front playground )

3:30                     Dismissal

 

Note: gross motor activities on rainy days and specials will change schedule slightly

 

Enrichments:

Mondays - Spanish TBA

Fridays - Music 10:30am

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